Grand Jury Returns First Degree Murder Indictments in Ipswich Murder
An Essex County Grand Jury this afternoon returned first degree murder indictments against three men charged with the September 27, 2011, bludgeoning and stabbing death of Ipswich restaurant owner Shui Keung “Tony” Woo, 62, of Quincy.
In addition to first degree murder, Jun Di Lin, 29, of 18 Francis Street, Malden, Sifa Lee, 34, of Quincy, and Cheng Sun, 46, of New York, NY, were indicted on charges of armed assault with intent to rob a victim over 60, and stealing and/or confining by putting in fear. They are expected to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court by the end of January.
Two of the defendants are in custody in Massachusetts, but Sun has refused to waive rendition from New York, where he was arrested. Authorities have initiated a Governor’s Warrant to facilitate his return.
At the Ipswich District Court arraignment for Jun Di Lin and Sifa Lee on November 1, 2011, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton told the court that Mr. Woo had spent the night at his restaurant, the Majestic Dragon on Route 1 in Ipswich, as he did on occasion.
At about 3:15 a.m. the alarm and utility wires accessible at the rear of the restaurant were cut. At approximately 4:00 a.m., a driver from a neighboring business, United Pipe, saw an unattended cab in the United Pipe parking lot next to the restaurant. He went up to the cab and saw no one in it, and no one in the area.
Prosecutor Buxton told the court told at 11:15 that morning, restaurant workers reporting to work found Mr. Woo deceased in his office. He had been brutally bludgeoned and repeatedly stabbed, with visible trauma to his head and body. He was also bound at his hands and feet, and there was a ligature around his neck.
As a result of intensive investigative work by the Ipswich Police and Massachusetts State Police and many other agencies, and aided by information from the United Pipe driver, investigators were able to identify the exact taxi cab that was driven to the scene of the murder, its driver, and the other assailants.
Buxton said that Jun Di Lin drove the other two men to the murder scene in his taxi cab, and added that physical evidence left at the scene bears Jun Di Lin’s DNA.
Jun Di Lin was arrested in Niagara Falls, NY, on October 11, after he attempted to cross the border into Canada. On the morning of October 17, Lee was arrested in Parsippany, NJ, and Sun was arrested at his home in New York.
The maximum sentence for first degree murder is life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
All suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.